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ARGeezer, there was no intention of offending in my comment, neither towards PerCLupi nor toward you or somebody in a similar situation.

Aging is a topic I very interested in, obviously, as I am accumulating years of living and experince myself. However, I have been observing a phenomenon with people as they become older - that becoming older is also, and for me mainly, a state of mind. Physical problems all of a sudden are associated with age, though younger people might have the same kind of problems. Being tired is all of a sudden associated with age, when earlier it was stress or work or.... whatever, but not age.

About the slower memory, well, I like the metaphor I once read  - the mind is like a computer, when its new it is fast retrieving information, but as you save more information on the hard disk, it takes longer to find the it again. I like to think that the mind functions the same way and that taking longer to remember something is a sign for a much vaster database that has to be searched. :-)

Oh, and I am aware that I am kidding myself to a certain degree. But I also firmly believe that our thoughts and expectations do have a tendency to be self-fullfilling.

To repeat, I consider age primarily to be a state of mind, and one sign of aging for me is the refusal to learn new things - for example, many of my friends refuse to learn about computers, or new languages or... because they are now of a certain age. Age also becomes an excuse. So, definitely, according to my definition you and PerCLupi are still youthful, as you are open to new and challenging experiences - like posting here on ET. :-D

by Fran on Fri Jul 4th, 2008 at 01:07:44 AM EST
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Fran, my concern is that you might have thought you were giving offense.  I saw compassion.  I agree with what you have said about age being a state of mind, although it is to some extent affected by how we deal with our bodies.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jul 4th, 2008 at 12:40:59 PM EST
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